Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Review

By on January 31, 2011, 2:42 AM
Mobile computing has undoubtedly been one of the most dynamic segments of consumer electronics in recent history. From the netbook craze from a few years ago, to smartphones and of course, the tablet computer. And while all of these extensions of mobile computing are exciting, the trusty laptop is still the most well-rounded option. Classified as a Lifestyle product, Lenovo's IdeaPad U260 aims to be your "thin, light, stylish travel companion". Our IdeaPad U260 came equipped with Intel's ULV Core i5-470UM operating at 1.33 GHz with 3MB of L2 cache, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB of PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM, a Hitachi 320GB 5400 RPM hard drive, integrated Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 1000, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, a 4-cell Li-Polymer battery and a 12.5" HD AntiGlare 1366 x 768 display.
Right away we can see that the U260 is a very sleek and sexy system, complete with a leather wrist rest and chiclet-style keys. Total system weight is 3.04 pounds, thanks in large part to the one-piece magnesium-aluminum cover. Thickness is measured at only 18mm. Read the complete review.

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venomblade said:

Meh Intel HD Graphics are always a turnoff

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Nice review. But as you mentioned, it's already behind the times without Sandy Bridge. The integrated graphics and 1.33Ghz is a little scary too for the $800 price tag. With a little shopping, think you could get a better bang for your buck.

Zecias said:

venomblade said:

Meh Intel HD Graphics are always a turnoff

i feel the same way, but these kinds of laptops are not meant for gaming so they don't need very powerful gpus. it's supposed to be portable so size, battery life, and weight are priorities; this makes integrated graphics the obvious choice.

rosemeadoil said:

If it's anything like my Lenovo 3000 N200 notebook, a similar sort of notebook, it'll fall apart as soon as the warranty expires and Lenovo will not touch a claim with a barge pole. Don't touch this with a barge pole either.

Route44 Route44, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

Their Thinkpad X series is an excellent thin and light option with 12.1" screen, but expect to pay more.

And I am in agreement with Zecias. This isn't a gaming laptop. Lenovo is not in the business of making any models for gaming. Thus the graphics are quite fine while still being able to watch DVD movies or streaming video.

As for the Lenovo 3000; it certainly was not their best move. Their mid-range Thinkpad Edge, however, are solidly built. I customized and bought one for my wife and I am pleased with the product.

Introduced in early 2010 the Edge series quickly became popular amongst consumers (and, no, I don't have stock in Lenovo )

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